[John Travers Cornwell]. Souvenir in Memory of the Boy Hero of Jutland Battle. London: S. Burgess, 1916. First Edition. Folio. Unbound. Commemorative Tissue. Good+. Single sided printed tissue, approximately 345mm x 355mm in size.
Slightly creased, very lightly browned to edges, a few small spots of foxing but generally clean.
Floral border, with central image of Cornwell surrounded by text.
John Travers Cornwell, also known as Jack Cornwell, or the Boy Cornwell (1900-1916) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the battle of Jutland, “on 31 May 1916, Boy First Class Cornwell was stationed at an exposed gun on [HMS] Chester, where he was mortally wounded early in the fight when a shell burst overhead. He remained standing alone at his post, quietly awaiting orders, with the gun’s crew lying dead and wounded about him, until the end of the action. He was brought to the Grimsby and District Hospital, where he died from his wounds on 2 June 1916. He was buried in a common grave at Grimsby … Partly as an exercise in patriotic propaganda the boy’s remains were reinterred with much pomp in Manor Park cemetery, East Ham, on 29 July 1916. He was gazetted VC on 15 September 1916. His father died five weeks later, and his widowed mother received the cross from George V at Buckingham Palace on 16 November 1916. Cornwell was the youngest ever naval VC” (ODNB).
This tissue commemorates his reinterment in London